Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Custom throw bar for code 55 turnouts
Checking on the internet I learned that other people have had this problem on turnouts with smaller sized rail. It was suggested that the tension on the Tortoise motors be checked and I did that but have not been able to completely solve this issue.
The PC board code 55 ties that come from Fast Tracks are .31" thick. I purchased these PC ties from Clover House that are the same thickness but are wider.
My idea was start with this material, cut it to the length needed, then file down the areas that would be exposed to the same width as the Fast Tracks ties. Leaving a section that would be under each point rail the full width.
Of course the real test is going to be getting a few of these turnouts installed on the layout. The double cross over / junction at Wesso will get the first 4 of these turnouts and will receive lots of use.